Zzyzx Road

Courtesy of atlasobscura.com

Courtesy of atlasobscura.com

From Jon Jenkins’ Beyond City Light album. One of those special tunes that inspired me to write.

Zzyzx, a small complex of buildings located in the Mojave Desert Midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was once a spa and retreat of sorts for devout Christians. It was run by a colorful fellow named Curtis Springer. He crafted the name Zzyzx because he wanted to have the last word (in the dictionary that is 😉 ) Zzyzx is now an educational hub for universities centering on desert studies, including the Miocene Mojave (pdf).

Here’s a period news report about Springer for those interested.

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